Richard Hamilton was one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century, and The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead, will show an exhibition of his prints this summer, presented with Barbican International Enterprises in partnership with the Alan Cristea Gallery, the first showing of this touring exhibition outside London.
The exhibition will feature over 40 works of great variety and traces themes in the artist’s work over 40 years: themes of protest, portraits, interiors and landscapes to provide an unparalleled insight into Hamilton’s creative process and his breadth of visual experimentation.
Hamilton’s work encompasses the Beatles’ ‘White Album’ and some of the 60’s most kinetic and explosive canvasses, but print was his first love. One of his early experiments in screenprinting is seen in Adonis in Y fronts (1963 -pic) on show at the Williamson. The exhibition will feature a number of Hamilton’s most celebrated prints including a 1991 version of his seminal 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?.This was the work in which the word ‘Pop’ first appeared, the term that then lent itself to an international art movement which was defined by Hamilton himself in a now famous letter written in 1957 stating that “Pop Art is: popular, transient, expendable, lowcost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business.”
Hot on the heels of their brilliant mini Henry Moore exhibition, this is further proof that Birkenhead’s gallery really is punching above its weight these days. Find out more, and show your support, at their Pop Up shop, which returns to Birkenhead’s Pyramids this Thursday.
From 21 June
Williamson Art Gallery